Although the $377 million sales total reached a little above the lower end of the $374.8 million - $526.5 million estimate, the saleroom saw some firm favourites fall short.

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise sur une chaise, 1938, oil on canvas Image via Sotheby's Pablo Picasso, Femme assise sur une chaise, 1938, oil on canvas
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Picasso's Femme assise sur une chaise, 1938, did not reach its $25–35 million, instead it went for $17 million.

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXI (1976) Image via Sotheby's Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXI (1976)
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Willem de Kooning's Untitled XXI, 1976, which held the same estimate as Femme assise sur une chaise, also fell short of the lower end of its estimate as it was purchased for $24.9 million with buyers' premium.

Amedeo Modigliani, Paulette Jourdain (1919) Image via Sotheby's Amedeo Modigliani, Paulette Jourdain (1919)
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On the contrary, Amedeo Modigliani's Portrait de Paulette Jourdain, circa 1919, smashed its $25–35 million estimate with a winning bid of $38 million.

Frank Stella, Delaware Crossing (1961) Image via Sotheby's Frank Stella, Delaware Crossing (1961)
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A record was set at Sotheby's for Frank Stella as his work Delaware Crossing, 1961, which had a low estimate of $8 million, sold for $12 million, beating the $6.6 million auction record set at Christie's in 2014.

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